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Who should replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager?

It’s been a long time coming, but the Premier League is another manager down following this weekend of fixtures.

Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday afternoon, meaning they are now on the hunt for their fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

There are several names being touted for the role currently, although it seems as though United will wait until the summer to make a permanent appointment. But which of the names being touted most are the best fit? These are my thoughts on the top five names linked with the role.

Zinedine Zidane – Unattached

A three time Champions League winner and two time La Liga champion, Zidane seemingly completed the football management game during his time at Real Madrid across two stints in charge.

The Frenchman left on his own accord on both occasions after successful spells, where his side were quite rigid with their style of play but always very tough to beat. His record in big games spoke for itself, with his willingness to rotate his team and trust young players also very impressive.

Zinedine Zidane Head coach in action during La Liga match round 38 between Real Madrid and Villarreal CF at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. .

A superstar in his own right, Zidane was able to keep big egos in check at Madrid and would be able to do the same at Old Trafford too. However with a lack of interest in the Premier League and no real interest in the job itself, if he did arrive you can only assume it’s for the wrong reasons and that never bodes well.

Tactically he is adaptable, willing to play different ways and systems depending on his team and the opposition and he would suit the superstar reputation that fans like too.

Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and FC Nantes at Parc des Princes on November 20, 2021...

Mauricio Pochettino – PSG

A manager who has forever been linked with the manager’s position at Old Trafford, Pochettino currently sits in the hot seat at Paris Saint-Germain.

Managing the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Marco Verratti and Marquinhos, it’s hard to see why Pochettino would be interested in potentially moving to United at the current time but reports suggest that he is.

Attacking football with high intensity and rigid defensive structure, based around possession Pochettino is an excellent fit to the traditions of Manchester United, and now is as good a time as ever to finally get him in the job.

Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium on November 20, 2021...

Brendan Rodgers – Leicester City

I’m probably a bigger Brendan Rodgers fan than most, and this appointment doesn’t seem like the worst thing in the world to me.

A big advocate of possession football, Rodgers is happy to bring youth players through too while he has proven himself as one of the better managers in England since moving to Leicester. He surpassed expectations while with Celtic, and then came to Leicester and won the club’s first ever FA Cup while missing out on top four twice because of final day defeats.

A former Liverpool connection will put some fans off, but he would come in and add to the foundations that Solskjaer has left behind. Unfortunately though, we already know that he isn’t really one to be able to compete with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel which is what United need so he probably shouldn’t be among the top candidates for the role.

Luis Enrique, coach of Spain celebrate winning during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match between Spain and Sweden at the...

Luis Enrique – Spain

Enrique’s reputation has only grown since he took over as Spain manager for a second time following the tragic passing of his daughter due to cancer, but it’s all to do with his team’s performances on the pitch.

After winning the treble at Barcelona with the legendary ‘MSN’ striker trio, he has taken over the role of national team manager and implemented a style that has caught the eye of many. They pushed a France side all the way to the limit during the Nations League and Italy were pushed all the way at Euro 2020 too, before they got a win back over them to end their unbeaten run.

High intensity, fast-paced possession football with the sole intent to score as many goals as possible, Enrique likes to work with young talent and with pace. While he’d be a brilliant fit for what United need, he is likely to have no interest and with the World Cup not far away now this is dead before it even takes off.

Head coach Erik Ten Hag of Ajax Amsterdam looks on during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax and Go Ahead Eagles at Johan Cruijff Arena on...

Erik ten Hag – Ajax

The man at the top of a lot of fan’s wishlists, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is one of the hottest prospects in European football for the work he has done with the Amsterdam giants.

His brilliant young team are constantly bringing through young players as is tradition with the club, while still performing to a high level both domestically and in Europe. A true coach, he is constantly tweaking the team to improve which shows just how adaptable he is.

Always looking to play attacking, front-foot football, ten Hag could potentially be the man to challenge the elite coaches already in the league. He is obviously untested in the Premier League, but if his Champions League record with a lesser side is anything to go by, then it could be a master-stroke by the board.

Every Premier League manager – Ranked

With Newcastle United set to complete their task of appointing a new manager this week, the Premier League’s managerial hotseats have just become even more full.

It seems as though Eddie Howe will be the man to fill the void at St James’ Park, after Unai Emery sensationally rejected their offer after being interested in a move earlier in the week. But with 19 other managers in a job currently, where do they all rank?

I’ve ranked each manager and explained (briefly) my reasoning for their position based on preference of style, achievements and coaching of players.

19. Daniel Farke – Norwich

Twice Farke has come up to the Premier League with his Norwich side, and twice he’s been absolutely battered every time.

The German has a style but it seems to be more accustomed to the Championship, where his side is one of the big dogs and he can’t turn that into anything substantial at the top level, so he must go at the bottom.

18. Sean Dyche – Burnley

Maybe controversial for him to be so low, but the style of football grinds me and he’s got nothing other than scraping survival year on year to show for it.

The one season he tried to expand a little saw Burnley dumped out of the Europa League before the group stages even started. The football is too old school for me, but he gets results so it keeps him off the bottom.

17. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United

Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur...

Another potentially controversial selection, the Manchester United boss is in the relegation spots here.

No obvious style of play, no defensive awareness about his sides and results only tend to come because of the quality of player he has at his disposal. If he got another Premier League job it would be in this region of the table.

16. Ralph Hassenhuttl – Southampton

This is a weird one for the Austrian, because he’s clearly got something about him.

Hassenhuttl likes to play expansive, attacking football but while his ideas are the right ones he seems to struggle with the actual execution of them. 9-0 defeats in consecutive seasons tells me he’s too stubborn to adapt too, so he slots in towards the bottom.

15. Claudio Ranieri – Watford

It seems harsh to have a Premier League winner this far down the rankings, but times have moved and Ranieri isn’t what he once was.

The ‘tinkerman’ tends to play counter-attacking football but it all seems very freestyled when watching his sides and defensively they’ve never been the best. His achievements earn him this height though.

14. Mikel Arteta – Arsenal

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26,...

Hear me out. Arteta’s Arsenal are showing improvements in recent months now that he doesn’t have many injuries, but I’m still not convinced.

They seem organised enough for now, but the discipline issues remain and whenever they concede a goal they look frail mentally. He’s young in his career and could certainly move up the list in years to come but for now, he’s low down in my ranking of bosses.

13. Bruno Lage – Wolves

Not a lot of experience for the Portuguese manager here, but what he did at Benfica really stands out to me.

Plenty of focus on attacking football, using different player profiles to get what he needs from his teams. They play exciting football and score goals and the fact he has switched Wolves around as quickly as he has is testament to his coaching skills. Like Arteta, he could move up the ranks over the years.

12. Dean Smith – Aston Villa

Smith may have hit his ceiling with Aston Villa now, but the job he has done to this point is nothing short of excellent.

He took over in the Championship, got them to play front-foot, attacking football while also setting up a good defensive base and was rewarded with a cup final and a top half finish. He’s probably at his peak as a coach now, which means mid-table is where he sits.

11. Patrick Vieira – Crystal Palace

There may be a bit of recency bias in this pick, but the job Vieira is doing at Selhurst Park is incredibly good right now.

He struggled at Nice after moving from the MLS but the way in which he has transformed the squad’s way of playing in such a short space of time is delightful. Possession football with young and flairy players, Vieira’s stock is only going to rise.

10. Thomas Frank – Brentford

Thomas Frank, Manager of Brentford reacts after his sides defeat in the Premier League match between Burnley and Brentford at Turf Moor on October...

Honestly, I can’t praise this man enough. The job he has done since taking over at Brentford has been tremendous, but the transition they have made into Premier League football is even better.

They play attacking football, with a mix of possession and going direct, while they’re brave with playing out from the back and strong defensively. I fully expect them to stay up and think Frank will be on a lot of club’s radars higher up the league should the managerial merry-go-round start later this season.

9. Graham Potter – Brighton & Hove Albion

Not a big name in the slightest but the job he has done since coming to English football has not gone unnoticed.

Potter’s sides play excellent possession football with a major focus on control and scoring goals, just like a Pep Guardiola side. He’s still young in his career to rank him much higher than this, but you have to assume that with better players he gets better results, so he’s one to keep an eye on.

8. Marcelo Bielsa – Leeds United

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on October 26, 2021 in...

Possibly the most gung-ho manager in all of football, Bielsa’s methods and philosophy are legendary across Europe and now he does it for Leeds.

The one vs one battles he creates all over the pitch rely on intense discipline from each player and unbelievable fitness levels, something he drills into every player. He improves individuals on a regular basis and entertains, but really should’ve won more in his career considering the reputation he has.

7. Rafa Benitez – Everton

A Champions League winner, a La Liga winner, an FA Cup winner, Rafa Benitez is one of the best coaches of his generation.

The issue for him unfortunately, is that generation was about 15 years ago. Rafa was at his best in the mid 2000’s to mid 2010’s during his time with Valencia and Liverpool but since then his football has become very rigid and uninspiring. He can still get results, but I don’t expect him to pull up any trees between now and the end of his career.

6. David Moyes – West Ham

Moyes’ career seemed dead and buried after his Man United spell almost a decade ago, but the way he has built his reputation back up has been nothing short of excellent.

He’s build a West Ham side that now competes with the best teams in the country when they face off against each other and is one of the toughest to beat, while also scoring plenty of goals going forward. The only thing he’s missing now is a trophy or two.

5. Brendan Rodgers – Leicester City

Rodgers showed what a great coach he was during his time with Watford and Swansea, then the Liverpool job when he made them genuine title contenders with brilliant, attacking football.

That job came a little early for him in the end, but he went to Celtic and was dominant and has made Leicester a truly competitive side. He even added the FA Cup to his trophy cabinet, so he is comfortably the best of the rest for me.

4. Antonio Conte – Tottenham

Antonio Conte, head coach of Tottenham Hotspur observes the squad during a training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on November 02, 2021...

The new Tottenham manager has a proven CV in the managerial world and is without a doubt one of the best in the world.

His 3-4-3 formation has seen him win Serie A titles, a Premier League title and an FA Cup and his management style makes all his sides incredibly difficult to beat. Sometimes though, that pragmatism takes over and not losing gets prioritised over winning, so he just misses out on the top three.

3. Thomas Tuchel – Chelsea

A brilliant thinker with positive attacking football his forté, Tuchel has come to Chelsea and flipped a switch to become a brilliant defensive coach now.

Chelsea barely ever concede goals and yet they still find a way to score goals and win trophies. He’s shown he can do all sides of the game to a high level and has the trophies to boot with a Champions League winners medal so he goes in at third.

2. Pep Guardiola – Manchester City

When it’s all said and done and Guardiola hangs up his coaching hat, he could go down as one of the absolute best ever.

He’s won everything there is to win twice over, playing brilliant attacking football and revolutionising the way teams all over the world approach the game. He improves players individually, improves teams endlessly and wins games with style. The only flaw for me is he’s always had to spend a lot of money to do it, but that’s why teams bring him in and he always delivers.

1. Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23,...

For me, the best coach in world football not just the Premier League.

Klopp came into a Liverpool side and implemented a brand new style immediately, and slowly but surely built his squad to become one of the best sides in modern history that won it all. They play fast-paced football with the first though always to score goals, have pace and are brave in their positions.

If I was starting a football club and could make anyone the manager, I’d pick Klopp.

Brendan Rodgers is right to turn down Newcastle manager’s job

Newcastle United are the shiny new toy in the Premier League after their takeover, but they’ve been dealt their first blow already.

With Steve Bruce set to leave the club following unrest among fans and the new owners wanting to bring their own man in, it seemed that Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was the man at the top of their list to takeover.

Unfortunately for them, the former Liverpool and Celtic boss has rejected the job, stating he has no interest in leaving Leicester for the Magpies.

While Newcastle are set to become a major force in the football world with their new found riches, but as stated previously on Tap Ins & Tap Outs patience is needed.

That includes from the people that could be joining the club, including the next manager.

You can’t blame Newcastle for aiming high with Rodgers. He has taken Leicester to a new level, becoming a consistent top six side under his tutelage while he has built a brilliant young squad too.

But that is the exact reason why Rodgers is right for not being distracted by the new riches in the north-east and sticking where he is.

Right now, Rodgers is beloved at the King Power Stadium and is being backed by the owners and players. They just won the FA Cup last season and for a second season in a row narrowly missed out on securing Champions League football, despite paling in comparison financially to the teams they’re competing with.

Rodgers is in a spot right now where he is under pressure to succeed, but there is no timeline on that success and the expectations are realistic. At Newcastle that won’t be the case.

Big money will be spent at St James’ Park and whether by design or just because of the situation at the club, expectations will be high immediately.

Leicester are playing European football currently and will almost certainly finish among the European places again this season barring an implosion. Newcastle are currently embroiled in a relegation battle and are likely to be there for most of the season regardless of what transfers are made in January.


There are several steps between where Newcastle are currently and where they want to be, and Rodgers is already based above them in that running.

The opportunity to manage Newcastle with all their money, riches and expectation will no doubt come around again at some point because the club will get decisions wrong and there will be setbacks.

For now, Rodgers is in the perfect place for his development as a coach and manager and taking a backwards step would make zero sense.

Fair play for trying Newcastle, but you’ll have to aim slightly lower on this occasion!

Premier League European places final day possibilities

In a Premier League season that seemed like everything was sewn up nice and early, the football Gods made sure there was still some kind of action to pay attention to on the final day.

Manchester City are champions, Manchester United are runners-up and Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United are going down to the Championship. Everything else however, including the final two top four places, Europa League places and Europa Conference League places are still up for grabs.

With the middle of the table so tight and congested, lets simplify all the possibilities of the final day of the season for you.

Champions League places

Aston Villa vs Chelsea
Leicester vs Tottenham
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Three teams will battle it out for the final two spots to compete in Europe’s elite competition next season, with Chelsea, Leicester and Liverpool all still in the race.

As it stands, if all three teams were to win their games then Chelsea would finish in third place while Liverpool would pip the Foxes on goal difference, unless Leicester won by five goals more than what Jurgen Klopp’s Reds could muster up.

With the points difference so tight, if any of the teams were to slip up on the day and the other two were to win, then the team that messed up would miss out on Champions League football.

There is of course a wildcard option, that if Chelsea were to finish fifth in the league but then win the Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29th, they would then qualify for the competition as holders and England would have five representatives in next year’s tournament.


West Ham vs Southampton
Leicester vs Tottenham
Manchester City vs Everton
Arsenal vs Brighton

This is where it gets a bit complicated, so bear with us.

The Europa League places will go to the teams that finish in fifth and sixth place in the Premier League, since Leicester were successful in winning the FA Cup and are guaranteed to finish inside the top five.

That means one of West Ham, Everton or Tottenham will join one of Chelsea, Liverpool or Leicester in UEFA’s secondary competition. David Moyes’ Hammers are the favourites to finish in sixth place, with a three point head-start over their rivals before the games kick off. They’ve also got the most favourable fixture, with a home tie in front of their fans against a Southampton side with nothing to play for.

Should they fall to a defeat though, Everton and Spurs can match their points tally with a win. That means it would come down to goal difference, which would earn the north London side the position in the table. However if Spurs were unable to beat Leicester and Everton could get a win over the champions Man City, they would take the spot.

There is also a new competition for UEFA though, the Europa Conference League which the team who finishes in seventh place will qualify for. That allows Arsenal to sneak into the conversation for a European place on the final day with a win over Brighton at The Emirates Stadium.

Should the Gunners win and both Spurs and Everton fail to, Mikel Arteta’s side would leapfrog both teams in the table and claim European football for next year – extending their run to 26 consecutive years in UEFA competition.

It’s sure to be an exciting final day of the season after originally looking like it would be a bit of a dead rubber weekend in England. But now it matches up with the rest of Europe with plenty of happenings on to settle at the top end of the division.

Leicester shocked Chelsea but nobody else with FA Cup win

A new name has been added to the FA Cup winners list for the first time since 2013 as Leicester City toppled Chelsea at Wembley to win the trophy for the first time in their history.

The Foxes hounded the Blues throughout the 90 minutes, bettering them all over the pitch in individual battles before a stunning goal from Youri Tielemans in the second half sealed a memorable day in north-west London.

But while Chelsea were the favourites before the game, the result wasn’t really that shocking and all the credit for that should go to Brendan Rodgers and his players.

Over the course of Rodgers’ time in charge at the King Power Stadium we have seen a meteoric rise in the standard level of what to expect from Leicester.

They won the league in the 2015/16 season completely out of the blue but quickly found themselves back in their normal swing of things the following season, finishing in 12th place. They underwent a few transitions in that time, before bringing Rodgers in a little over two years ago.

Since then it’s just been progression, progression, progression. The former Liverpool and Celtic man has implemented a style of play that sees them take an attacking approach, looking to dominate the game and take it to their opponents.

They move the ball well, create plenty of chances and defensively are sound. But more than that, they’re constantly refreshing the talent in the side with young players that fit the mould of the club.

One of the biggest stand-outs of that recruitment policy is young defender Wesley Fofana, who has been absolutely phenomenal since joining from Saint-Etienne in a £36.5million deal. Many thought the fee was on the high side for a 19-year-old who had played just 30 senior games before he made the move.

But the French defender has been brilliant, showing great ability on the ball as well as leadership qualities and a great reading of the game too go with his heading and tackling abilities. It was a real gem of a find for Leicester’s scouts, to add to the likes of N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in the past.

Rodgers has found a great blend of experience and youth, partnering Fofana with Jonny Evans in defence while Kasper Schmeichel continues to bark orders from in goal. Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison are all young but with plenty of experience in midfield, while Vardy is a wily old fox up front doing more than just scoring goals these days

Barring an almighty collapse this week they will add to their FA Cup glory by securing a top four place this season and will play in the Champions League next season.

They’ve already been able to lock up another young talent ahead of the new season, with Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare ready to come to the Premier League in a £20million deal. With the manager also pledging his future to the club despite reported interested from Tottenham, all signs are positive right now.

Leicester will continue to build a momentous team with the backing of a wonderful owner who cares deeply about the club, fans and community and every bit of success the achieve is well deserved.

A proper club who does things the proper way, don’t be surprised by just how good Leicester are. I’m not.

Brendan Rodgers deserves another chance at the big time but not with Tottenham

As Leicester continue to prepare for yet another top four face in the final stretch of the season, there is plenty of talk around the players that have got them there.

Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans, Kasper Schmeichel, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison are the spine of a side that have managed to break into the so-called ‘big six’ for two consecutive seasons and are challenging once again to get into Europe’s premiere club competition.

Talent only gets you so far in football though, and therefore a lot credit must go to the manager too – Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers came into the game as an assistant coach at Chelsea to Jose Mourinho and has since gone on to become one of the best coaches in the Premier League.

He was excellent at Watford, Reading and Swansea as he entered the Premier League for the time and then moved on to the biggest job of his career to date, Liverpool.

Rodgers took a largely inexperienced squad, filled it with hungry, young talent merged with solid defensive players and was able to draft together a system to pushed them to within a Steven Gerrard slip from the Premier League title.

While it quickly came down and he was sacked, he moved on to Celtic and continued his good coaching performances as he led them to unprecedented success during his tenure in Scotland. During his two-and-a-half seasons at the club, Rodgers led the Bhoys to back-to-back trebles and a third would’ve followed had he not up and left for Leicester in the middle of the campaign.

Since joining Leicester in February 2019, Rodgers has overseen two full seasons with the club once this year ends. Last year they narrowly missed out on the top four following a collapse post-COVID break, culminating in a final day defeat to Manchester United to see them drop out.

This year though, they have bounced back from that disappointment to be right back in the race once more. As it stands they currently sit in third place in the table with six games to play, seven points off second placed Manchester United and four points clear of fifth place West Ham United.

They’ve also reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 and Rodgers has the chance to win the competition for the first time ever when they face Chelsea in the final in May.

But aside from all the milestones and achievements, if you look a bit deeper into it he seems to do everything properly at every club.

He integrates youth players when he believes they’re good enough, he plays attacking football, he is flexible tactically, he has a great eye for talent in the transfer market and he is adaptable when it comes to systems to get the best out of his players.

Add to that with the fact he is very good with the media, calm under pressure and says all the right things to get fans on side, he is among the gold standard of coaches in the Premier League now.

His chance at Liverpool came too early. He stepped up to a club in transition from a team fighting relegation and managed to get them competing at the highest level domestically, but couldn’t stabilise it after it went spiralling out of control following that.

He’s clearly now learnt how to stabilise a ship after disappointment as he has done with Leicester and it is surely now the right time to see him back in the hot seat at one of the top clubs in the country.

Spurs are now in the hunt for a new manager, but Rodgers has denied that he is interested in taking the role and rightly so. As it stands, both Spurs and Leicester are in very similar positions. Neither have won a trophy in a long time and they are the outsiders when it comes to making the Champions League places. While one are considered to be part of a ‘big six’ one has won the Premier League title and the move would just be sideways at best for Rodgers.

A return to Liverpool once Jurgen Klopp eventually leaves seems unlikely, while Manchester City likely have plans in place already for who they want to replace Pep Guardiola with once he leaves, but clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea could do much worse than look to him to take over if the current project falls on it’s face.

Right now, Rodgers is doing a perfect job at the King Power and doesn’t need to leave immediately to do it. But at some point the opportunity will come along, whether it be in the Premier League or Europe and it will be fully deserved.

Who should Chelsea replace Frank Lampard with?

Another defeat for the London Blues as Frank Lampard’s side were comfortably beaten by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne saw Pep Guardiola’s side cruise into a 3-0 lead before half-time, as they took their foot off the gas in the second half and claimed three points. Callum Hudson-Odoi came off the bench and continued his good form with a consolation goal in injury time to make it 3-1.

The defeat means Chelsea have now lost four of their last six in all competitions and have just one win in their last six Premier League games.

Almost immediately after the final whistle went, The Athletic reported that Lampard’s job was under threat and that the club were already looking at potentially replacing him.

While the report listed no names immediately under contention, social media was lively with suggestions.

Some Chelsea fans went with the comedic approach, offering their own services since the club like hiring inexperienced coaches. Others were slightly more cautious about parting ways with Lampard in the middle of the season, since they see next to no benefit to it at this point.

But what is the best option and who are the best candidates?

Sacking Lampard seems like the obvious choice at this point, especially considering the reports that have been leaked out now. While good performances could see him prolong his stay, this type of report will constantly loom over his head at every bad turn.

Keeping him until the end of the season seems like it could be a positive, but if everyone knows he is going to be going then motivation for players and the manager himself becomes an issue.

The best option seems like moving him on and the optimal replacement is likely to be someone who has just come out of a job himself.

Thomas Tuchel was recently dismissed by Paris Saint-Germain and is now available to manage elsewhere. He was replaced by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, which immediately rules the Argentine out of the running for another job in London any time soon.

Tuchel though is arguably the best man for the job anyway. The German’s previous coaching exploits at Borussia Dortmund and PSG have seen him get the best out of young, attacking talent and put together charges domestically and in Europe.

Chelsea’s squad is full of young talent with a high potential and Tuchel would be able to mould them into a competitive team. He has also previously worked with Thiago Silva in defence, while the club’s two struggling Germans in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner could benefit from a more experienced coach with a more structured philosophy.

Other options could see Roman Abramovich look to tempt a former Chelsea coach to the club – Brendan Rodgers.

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The former Liverpool and Celtic boss made his name as a coach as an assistant to Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s first spell in charge at the club. Since then, Rodgers has gone on to prove himself as a top young coach when it comes to attacking football and developing young talent.

At Leicester he has seen the club use youngsters like James Maddison, Wesley Fofana, James Justin and Youri Tielemans while also identifying top talents like Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu.

He has a history with the club and his attacking style will certainly be something fans would like to see. He’s won trophies with Celtic, leading them to a triple treble before leaving mid-season before another title to take over just under two years ago. Since taking over at Leicester, he has turned them into a side that consistently challenges for the Champions League places too.

A familiar face at the club could be a way to keep Abramovich’s standing with fans high after dismissing a club legend in Lampard, so Rodgers fits the bill in that regard.

Another name that has cropped up is that of Julien Nagelsmann of RB Leipzig. The young German coach is another who is widely associated with attacking play and youth development, something that Chelsea and their fans seem intent to have in whoever the new appointment is.

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If Abramovich doesn’t care about that, then it’s possible he goes for the experienced Max Allegri.

The Italian has been without a job since leaving Juventus in 2019, when he was replaced by former Chelsea Maurizio Sarri. He has reportedly been learning English in anticipation for his next job but his appointment would certainly come at a lot of fans behest.

Allegri isn’t an expressive manager and doesn’t have the best of reputations when it comes to young players. He is more of a pragmatic coach than all the others listed but he has a lot of trophies on his résumé.

He may not be the most popular appointment at Stamford Bridge among fans, but he’d certainly be the most accomplished and would likely be the best option to get immediate results.

Many foresaw the issues they have had with Lampard, a club legend who had just a single season of management experience. Chelsea are in the process of planning their future and they need to get it right. Now more than ever.

James Maddison Back To His Best & Ready For England Contention

It’s been a long road back to fitness for Leicester midfielder James Maddison in recent months.

The former Norwich man was a key figure in the Foxes side that pushed for a top four place for the majority of last season, until a hip injury saw him miss the majority of the post-lockdown season and a lot of the start of this campaign.

His injury coincided with a huge loss of form last season, with Leicester eventually falling out of the top four and missing out on Champions League football on the final day.

This season he has been eased back into action, starting several games from the bench at the start of the new season, with Brendan Rodgers ensuring he wouldn’t rush the 23-year-old back too soon.

In recent weeks though, Maddison has been reinstalled as a key figure in the Leicester attack and looks back to his best.

He has started each of Leicester’s last three games, all coming in the space of a week, and has been excellent as the Foxes got six points from those games, losing only to Everton.

The sharpness is back and was at it’s most obvious as he scored an absolute belter against Tottenham, only for VAR to call it back for an offside that was as tight as we’ve seen before.

A long ball in behind saw Maddison run beyond Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld and bring the ball down perfectly with his left foot and into space in one motion. Then with his next touch, Maddison cooly slotted the ball past Hugo Lloris into the far corner with his right foot.

While it didn’t count, it showcased exactly why ‘Madders’ is so revered by fans in England as a top tier talent.

His intelligence, his ability to play between or beyond the lines, his quality in his end product and the way he loves to receive the ball on the half-turn constantly are what make him so good.

There’s a similarity to David Silva in his reception of the ball, that consistently allows him to keep away from any pressure from the opposition and into space. He is always looking forward to set Jamie Vardy free and that creativity is something England have severely lacked in recent months.

While Mason Mount and Jack Grealish have had their own battles in the national team for a spot in the lineup, and proved they can in fact play together, the addition of Maddison into the equation is only good news for England.

Creativity and efficiency, Maddison is ready to challenge for his spot in the national team and if Leicester don’t quite make it into the Champions League again then don’t be shocked to see the big six start circling.